u20 & u17 Youth Development League, 28 June

In the third match of the Midland Premier Division of the YDL the Harriers competed well and secured their highest position this season, finishing in 4th place. Again they were competing against very tough opposition, but came away with several impressive wins and a great many personal best performances. The highlight for the men’s team was an outstanding sprint double by Dominic Biss in the U17 section. His winning time of 22.7s in the 200 metres was a personal best, and he then added another personal best as he competed in the U20 Long Jump. In the U20 sprints the standard was exceptionally high, and Tyler Tait had to run personal bests times to take 6th in both the U20 100 and 200 metres in the B string races. In the 3000 metres races both U20 runners, Jacob Pickering and Elliot Goodman achieved personal best performances, as did Ben Williams and Jonty Peebles in the U17 event.

Conor Kearns continued his good form at U17 level as he won the Pole Vault and took 2nd place in both the High Jump and Triple Jump, recording a personal best in the latter. Simon Fraser, despite injury, took 2nd place in the U17 Long Jump and set a personal best in the 100 metres. In the U20 Trip Jump Adam Wheeler was 2nd in a tightly fought competition. In the throwing events Beck Phillips produced a discus throw of over 45 metres, but had to settle for 2nd place behind the current British U17 number one. Alex Griffiths then continued his consistent season with 2nd place in the U17 Hammer Throw. At U20 level Ryan Ellis threw his 2nd best ever distance of over 47 metres to take 2nd in the Javelin, being only 22 cm behind the winner. George Elliott in the Javelin and Lewis Carter in the Discus both also gained valuable points.

In the ladies events there were some great performances, many pb’s and some very tight finishes, with the U20’s Stephanie Beardsmore securing 2nd place in both 100m and 200m B races, also filling in for Javelin and Shot with respectable 4th and 3rd placements. Claudia Ovens placed 2nd in the 400m Hurdles with PB of 73.4s and 3rd in 800m. Sophie Yorke also gained a PB and 1st place in 200m with 24.8s. In the U17’s Ellie Hathaway ran 300m hurdles for the first time and gained 2nd place with 51.1, later placing 3rd in the 800m. Jess Barker had a great day with 1st in 200m, 2nd in 300m hurdles, and 3rd in 200m, the latter two races being very tight finishes. Freya Lane also ran a great race winning with 2.28.1 in 800m and 3rd in 300m, yet another tight finish. Agata Giles also produced 2 pb’s with 5.18.5 in 1500m and later 11.55.0 in 3000m finishing 2nd. Isabel Ovens placed 2nd in the 1500m B race with a respectable 5.22.8. In the field events Georgia Wray gained PB’s in both Pole Vault 2.6m and Triple Jump 9.51m. Melissa Bird never dissapoints and gained 1st place in both Discus and Shot. Highlight of the day was the ladies U20 4×100 relay where Claudia Ovens, Stephanie Beardsmore, Bethan Skuse and Sophie Yorke ran a fast and tight race finishing 51.2s in 1st place 100’ths of a second in front of Avon. U17 4×100 relay had a close fight with Cardiff finishing 4th and U17 4×300 relay Jessica Barker, Isabel Ovens, Agata Giles, Freya Lane finishing 2nd.